Fort Collins, Colorado

Fort Collins: The fifth most populous city in Colorado. It is located in the northeastern part of the state. Fort Collins is known for its many colleges and universities, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Colorado State University and the Fort Collins Museum of Art.


Fort Collins is a city located in the county of Larimer in the U.S. state of Colorado. Its population at the 2010 census was 143,986. After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 168,234 inhabitants.

The city was created 160 years ago in 1863.

Fort Collins is a mid-sized city situated along Colorado's Front Range north of Denver. With a population of over 168,000, it's the fourth most populous city in Colorado. Fort Collins serves as the county seat for Larimer County.


The area was inhabited by Native American tribes like the Arapaho before European settlers arrived in the mid-1800s. The city was established in 1864 as a U.S. Army fort to protect the Overland Trail. It was named after Colonel William O. Collins.

When the fort was decommissioned, settlers established a permanent town near the fort which was incorporated in 1873. Agriculture and ranching drove the early economy.

Colorado State University

In 1879, Colorado State University was established in Fort Collins, which helped expand the city. As the state's land-grant university, CSU conducts important research and has over 33,000 students. It's the largest employer in town.

Business and Technology

Over the decades, Fort Collins has developed into a hub for high-tech companies and advanced industries like biotechnology and computer hardware. Major firms include Hewlett-Packard and Anheuser-Busch.

The city also contains breweries like New Belgium and a vibrant Old Town district packed with shops, eateries, and small businesses.

Outdoor Recreation

Surrounded by nature and the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins offers plenty of outdoor recreation. Activities include:

  • Hiking and biking in Horsetooth Mountain Park
  • Camping and boating at Horsetooth Reservoir
  • Fishing and rafting on the Cache la Poudre River
  • Skiing and snowboarding at nearby resorts

Fort Collins provides the amenities of a college town, the industries of a technology hub, and the outdoor culture of Colorado - all along the scenic Front Range.

Fort Collins locator map
Location of Fort Collins on Colorado map.

Quick Facts about Fort Collins

Population : 168,234 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Colorado (United States)
County : Larimer County
Postal code : 80521–80528
Phone Area Codes : 970
Water as percent of area : 2.26%
Land as percent of area : 97.74%
Altitude : 5,003 feet / 1525 meters
Capital city : Fort Collins is capital of Larimer County
Establishment : January 01, 1864 (160 years ago)
Time Zone : Mountain Time Zone
Local time : 22:12:57 (29th February 2024)
Population growth : 14.41% (2010-2020)
Fort Collins Historic District image
Fort Collins Historic District
Fort Collins Historic District image


Fort Collins is located at 40°35'7"N 105°5'4"W (40.5852600, -105.0844200).

Fort Collins map

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The population of Fort Collins increased by 14.41% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 143,986 - census
2011 146,673 1.83% estimation process
2012 149,508 1.9% estimation process
2013 152,668 2.07% estimation process
2014 156,804 2.64% estimation process
2015 160,991 2.6% estimation process
2016 163,004 1.23% estimation process
2017 165,541 1.53% estimation process
2018 168,324 1.65% estimation process
2019 170,243 1.13% estimation process
2020 168,234 -1.19% estimation process

Fort Collins zip code is 80521. County name: Larimer, County fips: 08069

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People born in Fort Collins (78)

People born in Fort Collins, including alpine skier Andy Mill, electronic music artist Pretty Lights, actor Jon Heder, .


  • Jake Lloyd (American actor) he was born in 05/03/1989
  • Harper Goff (American musician (1911-1993)) he was born in 16/03/1911
  • Wayne Allard (US politician) he was born in 02/12/1943
  • Allen Bert Christman (cartoonist) he was born in 31/05/1915
  • Byron White (Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, American football player (1917-2002)) he was born in 08/06/1917
  • Richard S. Westfall (American historian) he was born in 22/04/1924
  • Jacob Rosenbarger (American bicycle racer) he was born in 06/08/1978
  • Jeremy Bloom (American skier) he was born in 02/04/1982
  • Darnell McDonald (baseball player, outfielder in the Chicago Cubs organization) he was born in 17/11/1978
  • Jon Cooper (Player of American football) he was born in 01/10/1986
  • Travis Lane Stork (American physician) he was born in 09/03/1972
  • Ryan Sutter (Player of American football) he was born in 14/09/1974
  • Isaac Adamson (American mystery writer) he was born in 01/01/1971
  • Sheldon Deeny (American bicycle racer) he was born in 14/10/1984
  • Brian Lawrence (American baseball player) he was born in 14/05/1976
  • Bruce McEwen (American neuroscientist) he was born in 17/01/1938
  • Bruce Whitehead (Water engineer and Colorado legislator)
  • Chester Howard West (United States Army Medal of Honor recipient) he was born in 03/01/1888

Schools in Fort Collins

College & universities near Fort Collins, CO

Code Name City ZIP
126818 Colorado State University-Fort Collins Fort Collins (CO) 80523-0100
372329 IBMC College Fort Collins (CO) 80525
381866 Healing Arts Institute Fort Collins (CO) 80525-3479
448761 CollegeAmerica-Fort Collins Fort Collins (CO) 80525
381699 Cheeks Beauty Academy Loveland (CO) 80538

Stations (9)

Amtrak & bus stations near Fort Collins, CO

Code Name Address Type
FCC Fort Collins, Colorado 250 North Mason St. BUS
LGM Longmont, Colorado 623 Main St. BUS
BLD Boulder, Colorado 30th & Diagonal Highway BUS
CHY Cheyenne, Wyoming 222 Deming Drive BUS
GRA Granby 438 Railroad Avenue RAIL

Post offices near Fort Collins

Post Office Name City ZIP
Fort Collins Old Town Station Post Office Fort Collins (CO) 80521
Fort Collin Post Office Fort Collins (CO) 80525
Lapor Post Office Laporte (CO) 80535
Bellvu Post Office Bellvue (CO) 80512
Timnath Post Office Timnath (CO) 80547

Other cities in Larimer County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Larimer County , CO.

City Name Population Title
Loveland 83,517 The eighth most populous city in Colorado.
Berthoud 10,806 Town of the United States
Wellington 9,620 Town in Colorado, United States
Estes Park 6,553 Town in Larimer County, Colorado, United States
Timnath 3,193 Human settlement in Larimer County, Colorado, United States of America
Campion 1,839 Unincorporated community in Colorado

Distance to Other Cities

Fort Collins distances to largest Colorado cities